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Finding Aid to the Family Service Agency of San Francisco Records, 1869-2010
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Series 1 Admission and discharge registers, 1869-1918

Physical Description: 5.0 volumes (2 flat boxes, 1 box)

Scope and Contents

Five volumes of admission and discharge registers for babies and children under the care of the San Francisco Foundling Asylum and the Children's Agency. There are two volumes from the San Francisco Foundling Asylum (SFFA), whose babies were placed under the supervision of the Children's Agency In 1908. The Children's Agency cared for the babies short-term and placed them with individual foster families. Family placement obviated the need for the asylum, which later that year reorganized as Babies Aid. The remaining three volumes are from the Children's Agency and record the placing-out of children with foster families.
The earlier of the two SFFA registers, Record of Abandoned Children Left at the Asylum, contains admission records including, where applicable: date received; sex, weight, and real or supposed age of child; type of birth; date of adoption or death; dates of mother's entry and discharge; hospital or assumed name, nativity, and religious affiliation of mother; cause of death; and remarks. Entries are chronological by admission date.
The San Francisco Foundling Asylum Abstract of Statistics contains admission and discharge records including, where applicable: name, sex, and age of child, with dates of admission and discharge or death, place and date of birth, and estate or insurance to which child is heir; as well as parent nativity, which parent dead, date and place of death, where married, residence, dates parents came to California or Nevada, and reason why child is in asylum. Entries are chronological by admission date.
The Children's Agency placing out records contain alphabetical indexes of names of children and the families or individuals with whom they were placed. In volumes marked "Index Book 1" and "Index Book 2," entries are by name of placement family; in the third volume, entries are by name of child. Entries sometimes consist of merely a name and/or address or sometimes include a brief narrative. Entries refer to card file numbers for a card file that is not included in the collection; there are also abbreviations of what appear to be referring agencies, such as SFFA (San Francisco Foundling Asylum), B & G (Boys and Girls Aid), L, P & R (Ladies Protection & Relief), and others. Annotations are dated up to 1944.
Also included in this series is one folder containing copies of memos from the Children's Agency to the State Board of Control in Sacramento, listing names of children taken from the State Aid list, with dates, reasons for removal, and I.D. numbers. Many are typed on the backs of membership certificates for The Associated Charities.
Box-folder 1

Record of Abandoned Children Left at the Asylum; also of Mothers Delivered in the Hospital, 1869-1908

Physical Description: 1.0 volume
Box-folder 2

San Francisco Foundling Asylum abstract of statistics, 1900-1918

Physical Description: 1.0 volume
Box-folder 3

Children's Agency placing out records, 1900-1908 1900-1944

Physical Description: 3.0 volumes
Box-folder 3/1

Children's Agency notice slips, 1916-1918

Physical Description: 1.0 folder

Series 2 Administration, 1909-2002 (bulk 1909-1995)

Physical Description: 3.0 cartons

Scope and Contents

Chiefly minutes, with miscellaneous correspondence, annual reports, manuals, topical files, and other documents.


Divided into six subseries: 2.1 Minutes and Founding Documents; 2.2 Correspondence; 2.3 Annual Reports and Statistics; 2.4 Policy and Administration Manuals; 2.5 Executive Director Subject Files; 2.6 Fundraising.

Subseries 2.1 Minutes and Founding Documents, 1909-1981

Physical Description: 1.5 cartons

Scope and Contents

Minutes consist of Central Council, Board of Directors, committee, and annual meeting minutes, together with related correspondence, financial statements, bylaws, and other documents interfiled. The organization's multiple name changes and shifting structure are reflected in the arrangement. In 1938-1939, Family Service Agency and Children's Agency kept separate minutes, which are interfiled. For 1940-1943, the two agencies' Board of Directors' minutes are filed separately. Minutes for 1950-1953 reflect the 1945 merger of Children's Agency and Family Service Agency as Famly and Children's Agency. Includes a few miscellaneous sets of bylaws from the 1980s and photocopies of consolidation documents and a certificate of amendment of articles of incorporation.


Minutes are arranged chronologically by year. Some years are arranged in reverse chronological order as received.
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Box-folder 4/19

Children's Agency Board of Directors, 1940-1943

Box-folder 4/20-22

Family Service Agency Board of Directors, 1940-1942

Box-folder 5/1

Family Service Agency Board of Directors, 1943

Box-folder 5/2-3

Family and Children's Agency Board of Directors Minutes, Sept. 1950-Sept. 1951

Box-folder 5/4-6

Family and Children's Agency Board of Directors, Sept. 1951-Feb. 1953

Box-folder 5/7

Board of Directors, 1976

Box-folder 5/8-9

Board of Directors, 1977

Box-folder 5/10-11

Board and Committee (by committee), 1978

Box-folder 5/12-13

Board and Committee (by month), 1978

Box-folder 5/14

Board and Committee, 1981

Box-folder 5/15

Consolidation documents, [photocopy] 1945-1946

Box-folder 5/16

Certificate of amendment of Articles of Incorporation, [photocopy] 1958

Box-folder 5/17

Bylaws, 2.2 1982 and 1984

General note

Some bylaws are also interfiled with minutes.

Subseries 2.2 Correspondence, 1964-1978

Scope and Contents

Incoming correspondence of the Board of Directors; incoming and outgoing correspondence of former Executive Director Richard B. Rogers; donation thank you letters; and official statements, correspondence, press releases, and telegrams concerning Family Service Agency of San Francisco's position on various legislative and political issues, which were received in a labeled binder.


Organized as received, by office or topic.
Box-folder 5/18-19

Board of Directors, 1968-1977

Box-folder 5/20

Executive Director, 1964-1967

Box-folder 5/21

Donation thank you letters, 1968-1978

Box-folder 5/22-23

Official agency communications, 1968-1975


Subseries 2.3 Annual Reports and Statistics, 1939-2010

Physical Description: 3.0 folders

General note

Some reports and statistics are also interfiled with Subseries 2.1 Minutes and founding documents.
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Annual Reports, 1939-1947

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Annual Reports, 1948-1955

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Annual Reports, 1968-2010

Box-folder 6/4

Annual statistics, 1964-1974


Subseries 2.4 Policy and Administration Manuals, 1950s-1985

Physical Description: 4.0 folders
Box-folder 6/5

Policy and procedures manual, 1950s

Box-folder 6/6-7

Administrative manual, 1965-1966

Box-folder 6/8

Policy manual, 1985

Box-folder 6/9

Re-accreditation Study and Manual, 1969-1981


Subseries 2.5 Executive Director Subject Files, 1976-1995

Physical Description: 9.0 folders
Box-folder 6/10-11

Afterquake Program, 1989-1990

Box-folder 6/12

Afterquake Project Quarterly Report, Feb.15-May 14, 1990

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Building Equity, 1982-1983

Box-folder 6/14

Building Restoration, 1980-1981

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Fire Damage, 1976

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Infant Care Program, 1983-1995

Box-folder 6/17

Landmark Status Application, 1978

Box-folder 6/18

Ritualistic Child Abuse in California, 1991

Box-folder 6/19

Sacred Heart High School, 1968-1987

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Subseries 2.6 Fundraising, 1964-1966


Series 3 Programs and Publicity, 1943-2000

Physical Description: 10.0 folders
Box-folder 6/21

Pinehaven Reports, 1943-1945

Box-folder 6/22-23

Western Addition Project Final Report, 1969

Box-folder 6/24

Treasure Island/Yerba Buena Island Community Needs Assessment, 1984

Box-folder 7/1-2

Community Parents' Club Newsletter, 1965-1966

Box-folder 7/3-4

Program Ephemera, 1984-1987

Box-folder 7/5

Operation Home Run Ephemera, 1984

Box-folder 7/6

FSA community newsletter production binder, 1996-2000

Box-folder OV 1

Posters, undated

Physical Description: 1 flat file folder

Series 4 Scrapbooks, 1968-1998 (bulk 1968-1969)

Physical Description: 3 oversize vols in 2 flat boxes, 3 folders

Conservation Note

The 1966-1967 and 1995-1998 scrapbooks have been disbound during archival processing for preservation purposes. One scrapbook from 1968-1969 is housed in a separate box due to potential mold.

Scope and Contents

Three oversize scrapbooks from 1968-1969, one scrapbook compiled in 1966-1967, and one from 1995-1998. The oversize volumes contain clippings on local sociopolitical issues of the day, including housing and redevelopment, healthcare, police brutality, and youth. Specifically, the I-Hotel, the Haight Free Clinic, Western Addition Youth Club, juvenile probation, busing, and the SFPD tactical unit are all featured. Includes clippings on FSA officials and agency positions on public issues. The scrapbook from 1966-1967 also documents positions taken on social issues and includes many 8" x 10" photographs, as well as clippings and reports. The scrapbook from the 1990s contains clippings, website printouts, and photocopied articles on FSA programs serving teen moms, seniors, and children.
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Scrapbook, 1966-1967

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Scrapbooks, 1968-1969

Physical Description: 3.0 volumes
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Scrapbook, 1995-1998

Physical Description: 1.0 folder

Series 5 Richard B. Rogers' Research Files, [1980s]

Physical Description: 4.0 folders

Scope and Contents

Photocopies of Associated Charities, Children's Agency, and Family Service Agency records, together with published articles, reports, and draft notes, at least some of which appears to have been compiled by Rogers for a history of the organization in preparation for a Family Service Agency centennial celebration in 1989. Rogers was Executive Director from 1964 to 1967. Originally consisting of five looseleaf binders, most of the material as received consisted of duplicates of original minutes and correspondence already in the collection and selected pages from publications already in the San Francisco History Center; these have been removed. Two of the binders were labeled "Chronology by Richard Rogers 1910 to 1950" and "1950 to 1980." Two were labeled "Meeting Minutes, Associated Charities, 1911-1914 and 1925-1928."
Aforementioned selected pages from publications were from: Bernard Maybeck: Artisan, Architect, Artist by Kenneth H. Cardwell; and Welfare Activities of Federal, State, and Local Governments in California, 1850-1934 by Frances Cahn and Veleska Bary.
A complete photocopy of A Study of the Homeless Man Problem in San Francisco by W.S. Goodrich (1924) has been removed; an original copy is in the San Francisco History Center book collection.
Materials retained include: materials from the 1970s and 1980s from the binder labeled "1950 to 1980"; the contents of a binder whose cover sheet reads "Richard Rogers's Research of the Years 1885-1910"; and material that compiles lists of board members from various years.
Box-folder 7/10

From binder labeled "1950-1980"

Box-folder 7/11

Board members

Box-folder 7/12-13

"Research of the years 1885-1910"


Series 6 Building Plans, 1927-2003

Physical Description: 5 framed plans, 2 flat files
Visual and Framed Art Numbers 617-621

Framed floor plans for building at 1010 Gough Street. 1927

Drawer 1, Folder OV 2 and OV 3

Floor plans for remodel, 1964

Physical Description: 2.0 folders
Drawer 1, Folder OV 3

Renovation considerations, Sept. 9. 2002


Series 7 Photographs, [1960s]-2004

Physical Description: ca. 0.25 cubic ft. (1 box, 1 oversize photo folder)
Box-folder 10/1

Exhibit, [1960s]

General note

Album disbound; "Eleanor" label on inside back cover.

Scope and Contents

8" x 10" black-and-white photographs documenting a Family Service Agency exhibit called "Compassion Is Not Enough: Social Welfare in San Francisco Yesterday and Tomorrow, 1860s-1960s."
Box-folder 7/14

Clipping filed with Exhibit photographs, [1960s]

Box-folder 10/2

Photo album, [mid 1990s]

Scope and Contents

Album of color snapshots, most of which document a Family Service Agency fundraising dinner with silent auction at the Colonial Ballroom at the Westin Hotel in San Francisco. Executive Director Lonnie Hicks is pictured in several photos, with various people. Besides the dinner, the album contains a few photographs of people who appear to be clients of FSA, including group shots of seniors outside the FSA/Easter Seal Society/Richmond Senior Center building at 6221 Geary Boulevard, as well as photos of individual unidentified people, and one young couple holding flowers, with the woman wearing a graduation cap.
Box-folder 10/3

Fundraiser flier with two snapshots, August 5, 2004

Box-folder 10/4

Miscellaneous snapshots, negatives, and proofs, [1990s]-2001

Box-folder OV Photo 1

Miscellaneous oversized photographs, [undated]

Scope and Contents

Photomontage on black board showing a children's outdoor play area with murals, undated; two photomontages of color snapshots documenting a softball fundraiser "Operation Home Run," May 6, 1984; and a black-and-white aerial view of SF, undated

Additional photographs transfered to the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection

Physical Description: 2.0 folders
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Negative of 1010 Gough , from Landmark Application Status" file,1978 (from box-folder 6/17)

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Snapshots from "Fire Damage, 1976" file (from box-folder 6/15)